I received some quick feedback from a friend of mine regarding my previous post on “big ideas”. He mentioned a link to Doug Englebart’s 1968 Stanford NLS demo that he had mailed to me some time ago (which I had forgotten). Aside from the grainy black-and-white-ness of it, it’s kind of hard to keep reminding yourself that this was filmed in 1968. The presentation is famous for introducing the world to the computer mouse, but it’s even more interesting for all of the other things in the demo.
Things to watch for in the demo:
- Multimedia presentation
- Graphical Links
- Simultaneous collaboration online
- bulletin board / ‘blog-like’ functionality
- Video/audio conferencing
The link above only has videos in realplayer format (which I hate) but if you’re interested in the evolution of big ideas, HCI, or the history of the internet revolution in general, it’s well worth it.